The Natural Wonder Trails

The Fairy DoorS Trail

About the Trail

Explore the magic of nature and learn about biodiversity through stories, poems and texts created by children in Norfolk inspired by the natural world with our special Fairy Door Trail! Cary’s Meadow is on part of the The Broads National Park and the doors were made as a public commission by social enterprise Norwich Men’s Shed.

The Trail Map

Take a walk around our magical Fairy Door Trail, from project Natural Wonder. Each door unlocks a poem or story inspired by nature, written by children across Norfolk with writer Ruthie Collins – use this illustrated map online of Cary’s Meadow to find the doors and click on the numbers to unlock the writing for the magic to start! 

The doors were made out of reclaimed wood by Norwich Men’s Shed thanks to National Lottery Local Connections Fund and will be in situ with a rolling programme of nature inspired writing by children, until Summer 2022.

We would love to share your photos as you explore the trail – please send to ruthie@ruthiecollins.co.uk or post to our Facebook page on Natural Wonder | Facebook  

Supported by Arts Council England and the Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators administered by National Geographic Education. Special thanks to National Centre of Writing and the Broads Authority.

Map Illustrated by Joe Fear Illustration

What's Behind the doors?

Thank you to all of the children who wrote these biodiversity inspired stories! Click on the numbers to unlock the stories and poem. Why not snuggle up and give them a read when you get home? 

Trail Information

Location

Cary’s Meadow, 3 Yarmouth Road, NR7 0EA

Parking

You can park at Cary’s Meadow which is found at 3 Yarmouth Rd, on the opposite side of the road to the Broadland District Council offices

Facilities

Entry is FREE.

You may have to lift buggies over the gates and stiles, if coming with little ones. Plus it’s a wild space so no toilets.

Additional Information

The trail will last 30 – 45 minutes.

Remember to wear wellies as the Meadow is partially marshland and is very beautiful, but can get a little wet in places! Great fun for splashing.

While here, why not play a bit of tree hide and seek? Count to twenty, choose a tree – and hide! Watch out for rabbits, deer, otters – and fairies!

Find out more about some of the wildlife that inspired the stories here: 

Wildlife in the Broads (visitthebroads.co.uk)